Questions tagged [forms]

Forms are generally used to retrieve different types of qualitative and quantitative data from user input through controls such as text fields, radio buttons, checkboxes, sliders, buttons, or any type of custom control used to collect data input. Form- and field-level validation, error and status messaging, and issues around contextual help within forms may also fall into this category

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Login Form Placement/Isolation

If you go to http://www.notableapp.com/, you will see that when you click the Sign In button, it takes you to a completely new page with only the login form on that page. Why did the designers ...
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How to setup UI for a program to split up the quantities in C#?

I have a list of items that will be chosen in the program and then need to separate the quantities of the number into different amounts. Here is an example: 10 pipes get separated into a set of 3 ...
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Friendly format for phone numbers

Currently, on my website, users are required to input their phone number in a very specific format (555-555-5555). If you forget the dashes it breaks. Does anyone have a good suggestion for how to ...
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Should I include the month name in my select list for credit card expiration month?

When presenting a select list for the credit card expiration month on a form, is it good practice to include the month name in the select list? Or is it better to just put the month number? Any ...
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Is it bad practice to mark a field as required but not really require it?

I have a customer who wants a form on his site to collect address information but does not want to lose customers who are reluctant to give that information. Since many people are simply lazy about ...
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Why can't I use glass buttons?

I'm prototyping a new form, and it's got the 'glass' buttons on it. Several colleagues freaked out and went on rants about glass buttons being the ultimate evil. Objectively speaking, what's wrong ...
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Pros and Cons for having same form for login, register and forgotten password

I have notice some sites have the same form for login, register and forgotten password. Below the form you have 3 buttons i forgot my password register log me in What are the pros and cons on ...
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"Remember my password" and "Sign in automatically" on tablets

Is there a need to have "Remember Me" and "Sign in automatically" on mobile devices, especially for tablet based applications? Skype, Fring on iPhone/Android seems to not to have these options, ...
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Should there be a difference in the relative sizes of the buttons in a confirmation dialog?

I understand the idea behind having the more likely to be used action on a page slightly larger or in a different style in order to guide the user to it (for example having a button for save but a ...
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ui controls for asp.net [closed]

i have been using the basic toolkit that is provided with VS 2008 I am currently looking for UI control toolkit from third party. I am basically concentrating on Gridview, treeview, textboxes, ...
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How to handle inter-related dropdown choices?

I've got a form containing (among other things) 3 dropdowns, each with about 5-10 choices. The choices in these dropdowns are closely related and some of the permutations will be invalid. This also ...
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FORMS: When to use dropdowns, and when to use dynamic lists?

Interesting that I couldn't find a discussion of this already. When should we use dropdown selects, and when should we use dynamic lists (updated as you type) in web forms? My opinion: Dropdowns ...
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Best Design/Order/Layout For Mailing Address Form

Is there any standards out there when it comes to a mailing address form? I need to collect the following fields: address line 1 address line 2 city postal code (or zip) province(or state) country ...
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Is it a bad idea to have input fields after password on a login form?

I was intrigued by this statement by @DanWilson on Twitter: All Web Developers: Never Ever Ever put anything after the password box and before submit button on a form. Tab MUST go directly to ...
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Should I let a user copy/paste into a confirm e-mail field for a registration form? [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: Preventing a user from pasting from the clipboard into a mandatory form field There was a question of stackoverflow, that a programmer did not wont to let the new users just ...
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Do I really need a login button?

We've been having a discussion in the office surrounding a login page we're developing for a new web application. The web application is in intranet-based application, and is mainly used by users who ...
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Proper usage of fieldset / legend tags

I'm wondering what the suggested usage of <fieldset>s are on a webpage. For example, on a simple page with just one form (one set of inputs) is it still recommended to use a fieldset? Or should ...
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What's a better user experience: highlight errors, or block wrong keystrokes?

I have some information to enter in a text box. The data is structured and only some sequences are valid. For a phone number, for instance, a letter such as A is invalid. So should I intercept ...
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Most User-Friendly Form Fields for Entering Date/Time?

What are the different ways to have fields in an application for date, time, or both? What are the pros and cons for each? The most common seem to be a combination of 2–3 drop-downs, or some form ...
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OK/Cancel on left/right?

Should OK button be on left of Cancel button or vice versa? Are there any studies suggesting either of the solutions?
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Should you place the "add a comment" form above or below the list of comments?

There seems to be very little consistency across most sites when it comes to placing the comment form. Which do you think is the most usable, above the comments list or below? Above the list: ...
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Is a cancel button necessary in a web form?

Personally I have never used it. I don't put information in a form and then decide everything needs to be cleared. I would edit one field. Plus cancel in a UI suggests canceling an action which is in ...
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How to handle selections with a lot of options?

In a web app, let's say I have a list of options for the user to select from. I would usually use a drop down in this case,if there is a reasonably small number of options, but how should i approach ...
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What should ENTER do?

On a web form, what should happen when the user presses the ENTER key? I'm writing a sign-up form - name, email, password, sign-up button: the usual sort of thing. Since I'm using JavaScript, and the ...
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How to represent a numeric input that is limited to increments of some number

I have a requirement for a form that restricts a field value to fixed increments of 50 and I'm not sure what would be the most elegant way to represent that constraint in a meaningful fashion. The ...
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What's the best way to highlight a Required field on a web form before submission?

This seems subjective, and it is; a client of mine would like me to highlight the required fields on the web forms in their application with a red asterisk, and I'm looking for an alternative since ...
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How much information should you ask for when users register?

So the company wants all the information it can get on the users of its site, but how much should be asked for upon registration? On one hand, it would be easier for the users to enter only personal ...
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How to create the best form asking buyers for their delivery address?

I need to create a contact form asking for buyers' delivery address. My customers may be from any country. The goal is to get the correct address format so international mail items will not be ...
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Actionable form element size

I am not a UI designer by any means. I have noticed in the last year or two that important buttons/links...etc on many websites now have very big click zones. I must say that I appreciate it, as ...
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Use Tab or Button Click or give the user the option of both to get data?

I'm currently in the process of building a Helpdesk like application, and when the user creates a new ticket they need to select a customer and transaction by entering a certain number of criteria. ...
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Submit a Button and Cancel a Link... Too Confusing?

I have noticed in the last couple years a lot of web forms, if they have cancel at all, it is a link. I assume this is to drive the person to the UI element, a button in this case, that 99% of the ...
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Dynamic required field validation

Let say we have a form with 50 or so elements. It is a data entry form and is in the format the user is expecting based on standardized industry paperwork. My question is should required fields ...
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Required field validation

How should required field validation be handled visually? Note: assume asterisk is red *Name:[_______________] or Name:*[_______________] or Name: [_______________]* or Name: [____red bg____ ]...
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"Clear all" button history

Has anybody ever used "Clear All" button on the page? Maybe someone know the history of this "magic" UI component. I opened my eyes after this answer.
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Multi step form vs single complex form

For a website that sells things, it's often needed to fill in a lot of information. When it comes to these types of forms you want the user to complete which one is the best? A single form with all ...
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Default button OK or Cancel [closed]

What is the most preferable default button for submitting a form (like a login page)? OK or Cancel?
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Complex Purchase Order Forms - do you have any advice or good references?

Let's say you need to design a purchase order form that is more complex than "usual" and has multiple elements affecting the final price: Choose between several tracks (e.g. Basic, Standard, Premium, ...
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Do you need a search button with a search box?

On websites with a search box, should you add a button they can click on, or will users understand a search box like on this site? The target group is not very technical, such as women aged 40-60.
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Is there a recommended location for a submit button in relation to a cancel on the web?

On the web, is there a recommended location for the submit (Go, Search, Submit, etc) button in relation to the cancel, reset or back button? I'm thinking the recommended positions makes it easiest for ...
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Showing completion but not validation

I'm working on a wizard-esque form that will have multiple steps. I'd like to show that you've finished a step. The catch is that we don't want to give the end-user the impression that the step is ...
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Best practice for Anonymous Donation forms?

Donation forms are meant to be easy to use. Easy enough to use implies that it may convert the casual website visitor into a donor. We are currently using the fields: Card Type Card Number Card Expiry ...
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Request a call back - How effective is this as a CTA?

Does anybody have any stats/reports/trends about the use of 'Request a call back' forms on websites and whether they are effective? How often are they used? Are they better than a standard contact ...
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Should form labels be placed inside of input boxes and slide out of the way?

Is it good idea to put form labels inside input boxes? In this case, the labels slide out of the way when the user clicks on the box. See here live example of form
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Using progress bars in long web forms: motivating or demotivating?

I've been going through the jQuery demos to determine which UI widgets could be used to help optimize our user's journeys through our web forms. One such widget is the progress bar, but it raises a ...
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Should I put view and edit on the same form?

We're working on a new management console for an online service. The management console consists of about 30 forms as well as lots of reporting and various other goings-on. My developers have moved ...
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What are the best practices of button alignment?

There are reasons to align buttons to the left, center, or right. What are the best practices of button alignment and what factors should we consider? Which buttons should be on the left, center, and ...
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Labels above the field or to the side of the field? What about prompt text and validation messages?

Which layout works best for your users?: Field labels on the side of fields Field labels above the data entry fields What about prompt text, format tips, examples and validation or error messages? ...
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DD/MM/YYYY - do people know what that means?

Just finished reading Caroline Jarrett and Gerry Gaffney's Forms that Work and I noticed that while the publisher used a screen shot on the front cover with that date format the authors didn't ...
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What's the best placement for an "Other" box

If I have a dropdown with several options, the last of which is an "Other" option, and I want to have a textbox associated with that option, what do you think is the best place to put it? Here are the ...
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dynamic credit card forms design

I am looking at the design of credit card entry forms. I have the option of validating the card number to determine the additional information fields on the form like start date and issue number. ...
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